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Building a great community spirit

marnews66spiritSince featuring in an article in the February 2006 issue of PH&HC, Lower Lodge Park, in Armitage, Staffordshire has gone from strength to strength. Residents have happily reported on both the burgeoning relationship between park dwellers and site owners Paul and Louise Smith. Park resident John Sylvester also commented on the park’s increased involvement with the local community. In the six years since the article there have been a lot of new residents who have embraced the idea of park home living. This has helped boost membership of the residents’ association considerably: every resident is now a member!

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Representatives of the association meet with the park owners on a regular basis, which has resulted in an even more trusting climate, where information and help has been beneficial to both sides.

There is an active social scene on the park which has spread out to involve the local village community, with some residents founding and joining in local organisations such as the Camera Club, Bowls, Village Day Committee and also the local Community Speed Watch.

In June 2012, the Jubilee Party was attended by more than 300 people on the park green. Paul and Louise put on a hog roast for all and are always willing to attend and make a contribution to all social occasions.

The recent Christmas festivities highlight this further, with 114 residents and friends attending a dinner with entertainment at a local club, which gave everybody a chance to let their hair down.

The final Christmas event was carol singing on the park green, the Salvation Army providing the music and the local village Beaver Group attending to sing, being accompanied by their parents and a guest appearance by Father Christmas who gave the children gifts. He was driven round the park by the park owner’s youngest daughter, on a highly decorated and well-lit golf buggy, which substituted for Santa’s sleigh. Although it was a very wet evening it was well attended and everyone enjoyed hot mulled wine and mince pies.

Of life in his community, John said, ‘Mobile home living need not be insular. You can have the benefits of a secure environment but still be part of a thriving local community.’